Erebuni, Yerevan, Armenian Genocide Memorial

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Subject:The victims of the 1915 Armenian Genocide. (view image)
Type of Memorial:Inscription, Monumental Sculpture
Architect/Designer/Artist:Architect: Rafael Israelian; Sculptor: Ara Haroutounian
Placement:Freestanding, back-stone stele with icon of eternality, inscription, and an eagle symbolizing the rebirth of life. A small water fountain stands next to the stele.
Physical Setting:On flat land. Located on the corner of the town’s public part.
Tourist Amenities:Yes
Physical Condition:Good condition
Inscription:“In memory of the 50th anniversary of the Genocide from the inhabitants of the neighborhood, 1915 - 1965” (Translated from Armenian).
Location:Gajegortsneri Street, Erebuni
Yerevan, Armenia
Location Description:The monument is erected at the very beginning of Gajegortsner Street, which is in the vicinity of the ‘Gaj’ factory (plaster factory).
Construction Began:1965
Construction Completed:1965
Dedication Date:1965-no official dedication
Prior Use of Site:Corner of the street; public space.
Development/Construction Process:Since the authorities of the Soviet Union never officially acknowledged the fact of the Armenian Genocide, monuments commemorating the victims of the Genocide installed during Soviet rule were built as abstract constructions. This abstract memorial commemorating an act of resistance or self-defense is an indirect reference to the Genocide. This memorial is among those Soviet monuments which were initiated and financed by local community members and never received an official dedication. The monument consists of a stele with inscription and a separate small fountain.
History of Ownership:Owned by the Soviet Union prior to 1991 & the Republic of Armenia after 1991.
Additional Information:Հայոց_ցեղասպանության_հուշարձան_(Գաջագործների_փողոց,_Երևան)

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